International tourists and road safety in Australia

Developing a national research and management programme

Jeffrey Wilks*, Barry Watson, Ian J. Faulks

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Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of injury death for international tourists. This makes road safety an important issue for tourism authorities. Unfortunately, as it is in other areas of tourist health, the common response from the travel and tourism industry is to remain silent about this problem and to leave any mishaps in the hands of insurers. At the same time, but for different reasons, international tourists are not usually targeted for road safety initiatives by transport authorities. Given that there are considerable 'hidden' costs associated with international tourists and motor vehicle crashes, the topic should be of concern to both tourism and transport groups. This paper examines issues concerned with driving in unfamiliar surroundings for international visitors in Australia, and proposes a national research and management programme to guide policy and planning in the area.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)645-654
Number of pages10
JournalTourism Management
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Australian tourism accidents
  • Tourist accidents
  • Tourist road safety

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